Zambian international striker Sakala became the first Rangers player to grab a treble since Jermain Defoe two years ago as the Scottish champions stretched their lead over Celtic at the top of the Premiership to four points.
“He’s been away from his family for some time but we’ve seen the difference in him over the last week to 10 days where he’s looking extra sharp, extra hungry. He’s gone and delivered for his team today.
It was only a fourth starting appearance for Sakala since joining Rangers from Belgian club Oostende but Gerrard feels the 24-year-old is now ready to score goals on a consistent basis for his team.
“Fashion has been waiting to do that,” said Gerrard. “He’s shown glimpses and flashes. We’ve been waiting for him to settle and to get ready.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s President His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema took to social media to praise Fashion Sakala.
“Congratulations Fashion Sakala, on your hat-trick for Glasgow Rangers this afternoon. We couldn’t have asked for a better welcome to Scotland.
Our countries’ shared history stretches back over 150 years to the days of Dr. David Livingstone.
To secure the next 150 years of partnership, we must take urgent action on climate change.
In the coming days, during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), our team will work with cooperating partners from around the world to secure the livelihoods of generations to come,” he posted.